- to move or force into violent, irregular action: The hurricane winds agitated the sea.
- to shake or move briskly: The machine agitated the mixture.
- to move to and fro; impart regular motion to.
- to disturb or excite emotionally; arouse; perturb: a crowd agitated to a frenzy by impassioned oratory; a man agitated by disquieting news.
- to call attention to by speech or writing; discuss; debate: to agitate the question.
- to consider on all sides; revolve in the mind; plan.
- to arouse or attempt to arouse public interest and support, as in some political or social cause or theory: to agitate for the repeal of a tax.
Origin of agitate
1580–90; < Latin agitātus (past participle of agitāre to set in motion), equivalent to ag- (root of agere to drive) + -it- frequentative suffix + -ātus -ate1
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1. disturb, toss. 3. wave. 4. ruffle, fluster, roil. 5. dispute.
1. calm, soothe.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
- (tr) to excite, disturb, or trouble (a person, the mind, or feelings); worry
- (tr) to cause to move vigorously; shake, stir, or disturb
- (intr; often foll by for or against) to attempt to stir up public opinion for or against something
- (tr) to discuss or debate in order to draw attention to or gain support for (a cause, etc)to agitate a political cause
C16: from Latin agitātus, from agitāre to move to and fro, set into motion, from agere to act, do
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Word Origin and History for agitative
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